AP Top 25: Washington stays in top 5, Utah up to No. 21

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Washington stays at No. 5 and Utah hops up to No. 21 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, leaving the Pac-12 with its fewest number of ranked teams in five years. With Stanford and Colorado dropping out, the Pac-12 has just two teams in the AP top 25 for the first time since the Sep. 6, 2011, poll. The SEC leads the way with seven ranked teams, while the ACC has five, the Big Ten has four (all in the top 10), the Big 12 has three, the American has two and the Mountain West and MAC each have one.


Now that’s how you end a 12-game losing streak to a rival that has had your number for too long. Washington erased any doubt that the streak would end, going up 28-0 in the first half and not relenting in a 70-21 pasting of Oregon in Eugene. Quarterback Jake Browning had a field day against the Webfoots, throwing a school-record six touchdown passes in leading the Dawgs to a whopping 682 yards of total offense in a building that has been an absolute house of horrors in the past. If there was any doubt about how good the Huskies were after their weak nonconference schedule, it has been completely wiped out with their last two Pac-12 results, defeating the only two teams to ever win the Pac-12 North by a combined score of 114-27. The win keeps Washington solidly at No. 5 as it heads into its bye week.


There were some tense moments early on, but Utah rebounded with a strong second half to defeat Arizona 36-23 Saturday night in the SLC, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats in the process. Head coach Kyle Whittingham, who earned career coaching victory No. 100 Saturday night, couldn’t be happy with the eight false starts in the first half, but his guys rebounding with a dominant third quarter, turning a two-point deficit into a 15-point lead heading into the fourth (it was an extended scoring run of 26-0 for the Utes). Tied atop the Pac-12 South with Colorado and Arizona State at 2-1 in league play, Utah now moves up three spots to No. 21 in the latest poll. Up next is a date with a pesky Oregon State team that just won its first conference game under Gary Andersen.

Here’s the AP Top 25 in full. Congratulations to No. 24 Western Michigan, which earned its first ranking in program history:

  1. Alabama (56)
  2. Ohio State (2)
  3. Clemson (2)
  4. Michigan (1)
  5. Washington
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Louisville
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Tennessee
  10. Nebraska
  11. Baylor
  12. Ole Miss
  13. Houston
  14. Florida State
  15. Boise State
  16. Miami (FL)
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. Florida
  19. Oklahoma
  20. West Virginia
  21. Utah
  22. Arkansas
  23. Auburn
  24. Western Michigan
  25. Navy
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